If you are looking for a new and unique surfing adventure, the UK is the destination for you. Surfers have been flocking to its beaches to catch waves and enjoy everything else it has to offer, and we know the best spots both beginners and seasoned surfers are frequenting the most. Here, we round up the best surf spots for residents and visitors.
Saunton Sands in North Devon
Saunton Sands is among the best surf spots for beginners. The beach offers kilometres of safer and softer waves than you will find on other beaches. Surfers can also enjoy the magnificent views of the large dunes that border the beach. If interested, you can also sand surf these dunes, but this is not recommended unless you know what you are doing and accept the risk.
You can park in the large car park nearby or attend one of the many surf schools close to the beach. Visit one of the many surf rental equipment shops nearby if you have not bought or did not bring your own. Just make sure you do bring your designer swim shorts, sunscreen, and a change of clothes.
Fistral Beach In Cornwall
Fistral Beach is perfect for those who have been surfing for some time and need a bit of a challenge. The beach is so famous for its waves and attractions that it receives visitors from all over the world during the high season.
Fistral Beach is also a favourite among surfers because it has consistent waves and The Cribbar reef break that produces some of the highest waves on the North Coast of the UK. The beach also has shallow waters where beginners can practise surfing, although the waves swell here too so you need to be careful whatever level you are at.
Polzeath Beach on North Cornwall
Polzeath Beach is another well-known surf spot. It provides perfect conditions for beginners on the best days, but the water can become rough enough to require professional skills when the water is a bit choppy.
We recommend this surf spot for beginners because the Surf’s Up Surf School and Wavehunters Waves School are close by and are always accepting students. However, you can skip them if you know what you are doing and do not need assistance or lessons.
While you can visit at any time of the year, the peak summer months are usually very crowded. Consider going between September and November for the best experience.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Yorkshire
Located in North Yorkshire, Saltburn-by-the-Sea has challenging waves and swells that should only be approached by experienced surfers. The area is charming and accessible through the cliffside tramway or Victorian pier.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea also benefits from not receiving as many visitors as other surf spots in the UK. The largest waves are seen between September and November, although learners can benefit from the smaller waves between May and August. As often happens in the North, the surf community here is welcoming of surfers of all skill levels.
The UK has numerous surf sports for all kinds of surfers, although some require advanced skills due to their swells and waves. Visitors and residents can access these beaches and will find a supportive community of surfers there. There are also surfing schools and locations to grab food and drinks that ensure these surf sports provide everything a surfer would be looking for.